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Hayden, Colorado
Home rule municipality
Town of Hayden
Jefferson Avenue (U.S. Route 40) in Hayden
Jefferson Avenue (U.S. Route 40) in Hayden
Location of the Town of Hayden in Routt County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Hayden in Routt County, Colorado.
Hayden, Colorado is located in the United States
Hayden, Colorado
Hayden, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Routt County
Established 1894
Incorporated (town) May 5, 1906
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality
Area
 • Total 3.278 sq mi (8.490 km2)
 • Land 3.278 sq mi (8.490 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation
6,434 ft (1,961 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,941
 • Density 592/sq mi (229/km2)
 • Metro
24,829
 • CSA
38,121
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
81639
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-35070
GNIS feature ID 0201992

The Town of Hayden is a home rule municipality located in Routt County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1,941 at the 2020 United States Census. Hayden is a part of the Steamboat Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town sits along U.S. Highway 40 in the Yampa River Valley between Craig and Steamboat Springs. Hayden is located near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, by which Hayden is one of the smallest communities in the U.S. to have mainline passenger jet service provided by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines on a scheduled basis.

History

The Ute people used the area for summer hunting before the town was settled. Trappers worked in the area in the early 1800s.

The area was first settled in 1875, with the town established in 1894 and incorporated in 1906. Hayden was named for F.V. Hayden, head of a survey party for the U.S. Geological & Geographic Survey in the late 1860s. Hayden explored western Colorado during the late nineteenth century.

Historically a center of coal mining and agriculture, it consists today of a small cluster of homes and businesses.

Hayden CO 1942
Hayden, Colorado, in 1942.

Geography

Hayden is located at 40°29′34″N 107°15′19″W / 40.49278°N 107.25528°W / 40.49278; -107.25528 (40.492731, -107.255186).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.

Climate

The Town of Hayden has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb), with warm summers, cold winters with heavy snow, and equal precipitation year-round. The frost-free growing season is short, averaging 93 days.

Climate data for Hayden, Colorado (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(15.6)
61
(16.1)
75
(23.9)
84
(28.9)
92
(33.3)
100
(37.8)
100
(37.8)
98
(36.7)
94
(34.4)
83
(28.3)
74
(23.3)
66
(18.9)
100
(37.8)
Average high °F (°C) 30.6
(-0.78)
34.8
(1.56)
46.5
(8.06)
58.5
(14.72)
68.7
(20.39)
78.9
(26.06)
85.5
(29.72)
83.3
(28.5)
74.6
(23.67)
61.5
(16.39)
44.6
(7)
31.5
(-0.28)
58.3
(14.61)
Daily mean °F (°C) 19.4
(-7)
23.3
(-4.83)
34.1
(1.17)
43.9
(6.61)
52.8
(11.56)
61.3
(16.28)
67.7
(19.83)
66.2
(19)
57.6
(14.22)
46.0
(7.78)
32.5
(0.28)
20.7
(-6.28)
43.8
(6.56)
Average low °F (°C) 8.3
(-13.17)
11.8
(-11.22)
21.6
(-5.78)
29.3
(-1.5)
37.0
(2.78)
43.6
(6.44)
50.0
(10)
49.1
(9.5)
40.6
(4.78)
30.6
(-0.78)
20.4
(-6.44)
9.9
(-12.28)
29.4
(-1.44)
Record low °F (°C) −45
(-42.8)
−44
(-42.2)
−25
(-31.7)
-5
(-20.6)
15
(-9.4)
21
(-6.1)
27
(-2.8)
28
(-2.2)
7
(-13.9)
-6
(-21.1)
−27
(-32.8)
−33
(-36.1)
−45
(-42.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.60
(40.6)
1.33
(33.8)
1.35
(34.3)
1.85
(47)
1.70
(43.2)
1.22
(31)
1.37
(34.8)
1.37
(34.8)
1.79
(45.5)
1.72
(43.7)
1.61
(40.9)
1.61
(40.9)
18.51
(470.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 24.7
(62.7)
18.4
(46.7)
14.2
(36.1)
9.7
(24.6)
1.3
(3.3)
Trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
5.5
(14)
16.9
(42.9)
22.6
(57.4)
112.0
(284.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 12 10 10 10 11 8 8 9 9 9 10 11 117
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 11 9 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 11 54
Source: NOAA (extremes 1938–present)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 314
1920 455 44.9%
1930 554 21.8%
1940 640 15.5%
1950 767 19.8%
1960 764 −0.4%
1970 763 −0.1%
1980 1,720 125.4%
1990 1,444 −16.0%
2000 1,634 13.2%
2010 1,810 10.8%
2020 1,941 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,634 people, 618 households, and 443 families residing in the town. The population density was 664.1 people per square mile (256.5/km2). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 267.4 per square mile (103.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.02% White, 0.12% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.69% of the population.

There were 618 households, out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,147, and the median income for a family was $45,962. Males had a median income of $38,150 versus $23,359 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,574. About 5.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Earl Bascom (1906-1995) - Hollywood actor, artist, sculptor, inventor, rodeo pioneer who lived and cowboyed in Hayden in the 1930s.
  • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) - painter of the Old American West, known for his "moonlight painting" technique, who worked on the Lazy 7 Ranch of Hayden.
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